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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy days.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As my old Gran was wont to say: all good things come to those who wait. Happy days indeed.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back GG.
Anyone heard tell of cous Ado lately?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope. Maybe on hols?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't recall her saying she was going away. July 3rd was her last post.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some people dont like to post stuff about hols because of security. On the other hand, maybe someone is sick?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah maybe.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello all. I am still here I am busy at work and him indoors is building a shed out the back thus making gardening a chore. I still have tomatoes and peppers and cucumbers growing in my greenhouse tho. In about two weeks pressure will be off and I will have more time for myself and the forum.Going to Wexford for s few days then. Keep up the good work
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ado etc. Can you pm each other and leave this thread open please? 'Tis getting diflected. :)
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update. My companion is getting cold feet! Partly for financial reasons, but mostly because he lives with OCD, and is freaking out about responsibility. He's on social welfare and has sick parents.

I really don't think a thirty square foot area that is already in good cultivation is a big commitment, as I have lots of Mypex given to me from a neighbour who gravelled their garden to use on bare soil.

So, I'm going to front the cost for the plot, and he will help out. We checked out seedaholic, and costed a year's worth of bought seeds at about 60 euros. That dropped to 45 after I'd looked at my spare seeds, he has some too, then Blowin kindly offered some more. There are several plant/seed swaps in the spring, so I am not worried about that.

I think that the worst scenario is that half the plot remains mulched and covered (there is free rotted manure there, plus grass clippings etc.), ready for somebody else to hit the ground running, but I was planning on a big block of sweetcorn and pumpkins to cover a lot of space in the first year.

Thoughts on problems I have not considered?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, Tippben - I suppose the vital question is whether your mate has reached the bottom of his enthusiasm or still has further to go. You don't want to be left in the lurch.

I think you might have to create something of a 'business plan' for 2017/8, the first part being whether you anticipate being there for that long. If you are, one or two densely planted separate wigwams of peas/runner beans in 2017 could provide enough seed (don't eat any) to give you ample swap currency, so that your seed costs of other crops for Spring 2018 can be as near nil as possible, i.e. you'll have enough to supply most of the other holders around you. For next spring, by selecting seed types that are easy to handle, e.g. swedes, one packet of seed will probably provide enough plants for half of Tipp if you start them off as separate items in spare seed trays or Rootrainers for transplant. I do my swedes that way and usually throw most of the packet away in the end.

If you sound out the other holders by chatting, you may find that they have full time jobs to hold down and would appreciate someone starting off lettuce, leek, brassica etc seedlings for them ready for planting. A minor profit on each can, again, reduce your costs to as near nil as possible and could subsidise the odd bag of compost or fertiliser. After all, to start each packet of seed off will only take up a square yard of your plot.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pumpkins take up an awful lot of area for a very small return of edible produce with a long growing season. And lets face it you don't have that big a plot. You would be far better off with with more productive veg and ones that have a short life so as you can get more uses out of the same square yard over the year.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2016 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love squash though! The ones on sale for Halloween are too watery, and butternut gets a bit boring. I have ample access to sturdy hazel poles, and I've heard of people growing them vertically. I was thinking of Ukichi Kuri, and something with a similar small fruit.
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